Viola Marie Hanna passed peacefully in her sleep, Wednesday, August 18th, 2021. She was 98 years old.
She was known as Viola, Mom, Aunt Vi, Mrs. Hanna, "Cherie" to her husband, and "Nanny" to her host of grandchildren, great grandchildren, and 1 great-great grandchild. This amazing woman was itty bitty in stature but larger than life to all that knew her and loved her!
Born on April 8th,1923 in Atchison County's town of Farmington, she was the second youngest of 5 children born to Edgar and Kathryn (Morrison) Bratton. The values instilled in this country farm beginning shaped her life. From working on cars, playing ball, and wrestling with her brothers to dressing up, singing, and dancing with her sister . . .she was a woman before her time and she did it all! In her prime there was no machine in the house that she couldn't work or fix! When she did slow down you would find her at a picture show or reading a book.
Because of her love for reading, education became important to her from a very young age. She knew early on that she wanted to be a teacher and, with the help of her high school English teacher and family contributions, she was able to enroll and graduate from Emporia State with a teaching degree and subsequently a Masters Degree in Education. Mrs. Hanna taught for 43 years in the Leavenworth School District during eras of both segregation and integrated schooling. She retired in 1988 and ever since, to her delight, she couldn't go very far in Leavenworth without a former student or their family member stopping her to reminisce! She also spent her retirement years caring for, visiting, teaching and cheering on her grand, great and great-great grandchildren.
Viola also found time to be involved in the community. She was a member of the American Association of University Women, Les Novelettes, the Order of the Eastern Star, and served on the board for the Leavenworth Public Library. Mrs. Hanna was faithful. She was a longtime member of Independent Missionary Baptist Church. She served on the Usher Board, as Superintendent of the Church School Department, on the Flower and Garden Club, and directed and sang in numerous choirs. Viola lived on the corner hill of Michigan and 2nd Avenue where a manger scene sat every December and lit up the night sky bringing hope and joy for many years.
Viola was preceded in death by her husband of 73 years Hickman Hanna, her parents, her siblings Morris Bratton, Edgar Bratton, Thelma Bratton and William Bratton, her grandparents Zay Dock and Mary (Coffey) Bratton and Clara Strother.
She leaves here to cherish her memory her sister-in-law, Isabelle Easley; her three daughters Clarinda (James Sr.) Creighton, Petrina (Rubin) Lowe and Roann (Gerald) Sewell; her grandchildren Stacy Seay, Petal (Aaron) Bartlett, James Creighton Jr., Jilian Creighton, Joslyn Creighton, Allen (Victoria) Lowe, Lita Lowe, Tyrell (Abril) Sewell, Orrin (Sarah) Sewell, Andrew Sewell, Aaron (Katelyn) Sewell, Micah Sewell, Pagiel Sewell, Adam Sewell, John David Sewell, Isaac Sewell, and Deborah Sewell; her great grandchildren Devinn Seay, Jayson Seay, Avery Bartlett, Ayden Bartlett, James Creighton III, Jada Creighton, Justin Creighton, Aaron Yagnitinsky, Gianna Yagnitinsky, Gabryella Ballard, Micha Gould, Kai Lowe, Kierra Lowe, Kevin Gutierrez, Zekeriah Sewell, and Raigan Hanna Sewell; and her great-great grandchild Leilani Edrosa and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Visitation will be held at Davis Funeral Chapel on Tuesday August 31, 2021 from 11:00 A.M. to noon. The family requests that all wear masks and practice social distancing as they file through the chapel. Graveside service will follow at 12:30 P.M. at Leavenworth National Cemetery. Condolences may be left on Viola's online guestbook at www.davisfuneralchapelinc.com. Arrangements entrusted to Davis Funeral Chapel.
Posted online on August 23, 2021